Thursday, July 21, 2016

Now That You Know Who James Cordon is, Go Watch Lesbian Vampire Killers

James Cordon, who American readers know as the host from The Late Late Show, but really should know him from his portrayal of Smithy in the brilliant BBC TV show Gavin & Stacey stars as Fletch, the best mate of Jimmy, as played by Matthew Horne, (Gavin from Gavin & Stacey and The Catherine Tate Show) in Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009), a movie that does its best to bring some much needed comic relief to the lesbian vampire genre, with mixed results.  These two have so much chemistry and banter, much like Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and are very convincing as best friends.  If Shawn of the Dead (2004) was perhaps 45/55 comedy/horror, Lesbian Vampire Killers is closer to 80/20 comedy/horror.
After Jimmy has a bad breakup and Fletch loses his job as a birthday clown because he hit a kid, the two lads embark upon a hiking holiday in rural England and find one of those obscure English village pubs straight out of An American Werewolf in London (1981), but this one is of course chock full of lady loving vampires.  MyAnna Burning from The Descent (2005) shows up as Lotte, a German backpacker who is introduced, along with her three comely friends, while singing along to “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” by Norwegian neo-punk rocker Ida Marie.
The movie suffers from the unfortunate distraction of having an overabundance of plot, and I think that’s the only time I’ve ever written those specific words in this particular order.  There’s a back-story involving ancient curses, magic swords and Chosen Ones that gets in the way of the fun, and points to a general lack of faith in the main premise. 
However, James Cordon’s and Matthew Horne’s characters are not too different than the roles they played in Gavin & Stacey, and if you have seen the series it is easy to imagine Smith-la and Gav-la having this sort of adventure while researching their beers of the world project.  And if you haven’t seen Gavin & Stacey, you’re left with R-rated Scooby Doo/Hammer movie hybrid with girl-friendly vampire killers, and that will have to be enough for you.
Also watch out for Paul McGann, the Eighth Doctor, the I from Withnail & I (1987), and also Alien 3 (1992) and Queen of the Damned (2002) as the local vicar and vampire hunter.

my first novel? thanks for asking:) I wrote a 4 volume supernatural martial arts series concerning the ongoing feud between a group of kung-fu killer witches in san francsico’s chinatown.
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